New Shade of Green: Stark Shift for Onetime Foe of Genetic Engineering in Crops

An interesting presentation. Georgia currently does not permit agricultural use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). We have no dog in this fight but it is good to see rational debate on whether to use these products based on science rather than emotion and myth.

…..Watch Mark Lynas, the British writer and environmentalist who once helped drive Europe’s movement against genetically engineered crops, apologize for those actions and embrace this technology as a vital tool for ending hunger and conserving the environment. He spoke yesterday at the Oxford Farming Conference at Oxford University….. Here’s his remarkable preamble:

For the record, here and upfront, I apologize for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonizing an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.

As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.

From NY Times Blog “DotEarth”

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